Amazon Headquarters Incentive Packages and Bids

Robert Galbraith filed this request with the Empire State Development of New York.
Tracking # 2322
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From: Robert Galbraith

To Whom It May Concern:

Under the provisions of the New York Freedom of Information Law, Article 6 of the Public Officers Law, I hereby request a copy of all records or portions thereof related to, or referring to the following:

1. Any incentive packages or bids submitted by Empire State Development to Amazon, Inc. to induce the company to locate its second headquarters in New York State

2. Any incentive packages or bids submitted by Empire State Development to Amazon, Inc. to induce the company to locate its second headquarters in Western New York (Buffalo-Rochester region), the Syracuse region, the Albany region, and/or downstate (New York City-Westchester-Long Island region)

I understand that there is a fee of $0.25 per page for duplication of the records requested; however, this request is a matter of public concern and is not being made for commercial usage. As such, I request that any fees associated with providing requested records be waived. I also request that documents be provided in electronic format if at all possible. Doing so would eliminate the need to copy the materials and provides another basis for my requested fee waiver.

If, however, such a waiver is denied, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request.

As you know, the Freedom of Information Law requires that an agency respond to a request within five (5) business days of receipt of such request. Therefore, I would appreciate a response as soon as possible.

If you determine that some but not all of the information is exempt from disclosure and that you intend to withhold it, I ask that you redact it for the time being and make the rest available as requested. In any event, please provide a notification citing the legal authorities on which you rely if you determine that any or all of the information is exempt and will not be disclosed.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter; I look forward to hearing from you shortly.

Sincerely,

Robert Galbraith

From: Empire State Development

Dear Mr. Galbraith,

ESD is in receipt of the attached FOIL request seeking access to certain records of the New York State Urban Development Corporation ("UDC") doing business as Empire State Development ("ESD").

ESD is considering your request in accordance with the Freedom of Information Law (Public Officers law, Section 84 et seq.) and its rules concerning access to the records of the Corporation. ESD will notify you of the results of its search for responsive documents within twenty (20) business days.

Thank you.

Records Access Officer
FOIL@esd.ny.gov<mailto:FOIL@esd.ny.gov>

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  • Galbraith FOIL Request #2322 - Amazon Headquarters Incentive Packages

From: Empire State Development

Dear Mr. Galbraith
I write in response to your October 19, 2017 FOIL request for the following:

1. Any incentive packages or bids submitted by Empire State Development to Amazon, Inc. to induce the company to locate its second headquarters in New York State
2. Any incentive packages or bids submitted by Empire State Development to Amazon, Inc. to induce the company to locate its second headquarters in Western New York (Buffalo-Rochester region), the Syracuse region, the Albany region, and/or downstate (New York City-Westchester-Long Island region)
Pursuant to section 87, subsection 2, subdivision (c) of FOIL, we have withheld these records as they contain information that "if disclosed would impair present or imminent contract awards."
The appeals officer to direct an appeal of any portion of this determination is Julene Beckford, Assistant Counsel of New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development, 633 Third Avenue, 37th Floor, New York, NY 10017.

Record Access Office
www.esd.ny.gov<http://www.esd.ny.gov>

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  • Galbraith FOIL Request #2322 - Amazon Headquarters Incentive Packages